Festival fare for the north west
Two film festivals with strong musical undercurrents will take place in Galway and Sligo in the coming weeks. The Northwest Film and Music Fest runs at Sligo’s Model Theatre from November 14th-25th. Highlights for music fans include Iarla Ó Lionáird and 3epkano’s live score for a screening of 1920 silent film Der Golem; musician and filmmaker Nick Kelly’s new multimedia show See: Hear, and a gig by The Undertones which will follow a screening of Good Vibrations, the new documentary about “The Godfather of Belfast Punk”, Terri Hooley. themodel.ie/music
Meanwhile, the first What If, Why Not? festival will take place in Galway on November 23rd and 24th. Predominantly a film festival that will screen adventure sports documentaries, there will also be live music by independent bands and artists including Benny Smiles, Autonomous I, Social Welfare and Nicholas Timothy. The festival has also enlisted a number of Irish acts to make their songs available for filmmakers to use in their projects free of charge, via whatifwhynotfestival.com.